Fall on Long Island means cooler weather and shorter days, but it also means fun seasonal activities such as pumpkin picking, hayrides, and corn mazes.
Corn mazes are fun for the whole family and rest assured that they aren't always scary. Many mazes and hayrides are available during the day, so even the youngest family members can enjoy these seasonal outdoor activities.
Wear boots or comfortable shoes as fields can be uneven and potentially wet. Come out and support Long Island farmers and have fun doing it. And don't forget to stop by the farm stands for seasonal treats such as apple cider, warm apple cider doughnuts, and roasted corn. Corn mazes for Long Island kids have never been so much fun!
Call venues ahead of time to be sure they are open, especially if the weather is bad or if there has been a storm.
For more seasonal fun, check out our list of Long Island's best fall fairs and festivals and the area's best apple picking destinations.
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Corn Mazes For Long Island Kids in Nassau
Not-So-Scary Kids' Days — Bayville
Weekend afternoons at Bayville Scream Park feature a less scary version of the haunted house, as well as Halloween attractions for kids. The admission price includes access to the funhouse, mirror maze, pumpkin bounce, pumpkin patch, Halloween train ride, and more. Evening haunted attractions are not suitable for young children.
Fall Festival — Westbury
Daily through Oct. 31, Hicks Nurseries hosts a daily fall festival that includes hayrides, roasted corn, live animals, pumpkins, and more. Watch the animated story, “Otto’s Halloween.” The animated children’s story, featuring Otto the Ghost, leads children and adults through a new story each year that focuses on friendship, family and Halloween cheer.
Corn Mazes For Long Island Kids in Suffolk
The cow train is a can't-miss attraction during the fall festival at Borellas Farm Stand.
Borellas Farm Stand — St. James
The Fall Harvest Festival at Borellas Farm Stand starts September 29 and runs through the end of October. Families can enjoy a corn maze, hayrides, cow train, inflatable rides, tasty treats, and more.
Elwood Pumpkin Farm — Huntington
Pick a pumpkin right off the vine at Suffolk County’s westernmost farm. Admission is FREE to pick pumpkins, and the farm offers attractions such as hayrides and a corn maze just for kids.
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Race your friends and family through the maze at F & W Schmitt’s in Melville.
F & W Schmitt’s Family Farm — Melville
The seven-acre corn maze at Schmitt’s is open on weekends beginning September 28. Race your friends and family through the maze, or take your time enjoying the adventure. Schmitt's boasts the largest straw pyramid on Long Island and little ones can continue the fun on the playground, inflatables, and pony rides. The whole family can enjoy pumpkin and veggie-picking together, and parents will enjoy purchasing fresh apples and fall decor. Hayrides at Schmitt’s will delight young and old and are FREE.
Gabrielsen's Country Farm--Jamesport
Gabrielsen's Fall Festival includes attractions like a wagon ride, train ride, and live music. Kids can enjoy pedal tractors and a kiddie corn maze. The farm stand is ready for the season with freshly squeezed lemonade and roasted corn. And kids will love seeing the farm animals.
Glover Farms — Brookhaven
Spend a day at Glover Farms and enjoy the attractions and friendly atmosphere. The 10-acre maze is impressive, and visitors can play bingo for a chance to win a pumpkin. Other attractions include hayrides, farm animals, and a picnic area to enjoy a packed lunch or indulge in the farm’s roasted corn, fresh baked goods, and lemonade. The farm is open seven days a week.
Corn Mazes For Long Island Kids On The East End
Fairview Farm — Bridgehampton
Fairview Farm’s "maize" is eight acres of winding paths through corn that is 10 feet tall. It is open daily from 10am until 6pm. Two bridges within the maze offer visitors amazing views of the surrounding farmland, Mecox Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. The maze is stroller and wheelchair accessible. The farm also raises and sells heritage pork, pastured chickens, and ducks. Be sure to check out their shop for homemade multi-grain bread, jams, and rosemary biscuits!
Fink’s Country Farm — Wading River
Enjoy a day of country fun at Fink’s Fall Festival September 14-October 27. Included in the admission price are weekend attractions such as the petting zoo, barn o’corn, pig races, bounce houses, live entertainment, hayrides, a corn maze, and character appearances. Additional fees are required for the kiddie train, corn cannon, pony rides, and U-pick pumpkins.
Garden of Eve--Riverhead
Garden of Eve is known for its scrumptious organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers. October features special treats on Saturdays and Sundays, including fresh-squeezed lemonade, organic hot dogs, and craft beer. Kids can enjoy a pedal cart track, corn maze, and lavender labyrinth. Pick out some autumn mums and pumpkins while you are there.
Hank’s Pumpkintown — Water Mill
Included in this "amusement park" of a farm stand are hayrides, tractor and corn trains, a huge inflatable jump pad, duck races, combine slide, pedal cart race track, a super long tube slide, and of course, three interactive corn mazes. This year visitors can challenge themselves in Farmer Lynne's Donut Maze, the Spooky Pumpkin Maze, and the Treasure Hunt Maze. Admission includes all attractions. Stop by the market afterward for roasted corn, apple cider, and homemade pies.
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Help Dorothy and Toto make their way through the Wizard of Oz maze at Harbes' farm in Mattituck.
Harbes Family Farm Corn Mazes — Jamesport, Mattituck, Riverhead
Harbes Family Farm offers several corn maze options. Admission varies by the maze, check online for the most updated information on openings.
Harbes Gnome Hedge Maze — Mattituck
Think you have what it takes to find all the gnomes hidden in this hedge maze? Take the challenge at Barnyard Adventure in Mattituck and stay for the pig races, jumbo jumpers, sports zone, and other fun family attractions.
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Join with Robin Hood and his merry men at Harbes' Riverhead maze.
Harbes Orchard Robin Hood Corn Maze — Riverhead
Help Robin Hood on a quest to defeat the sheriff’s champion. Meet actors along the way and find equipment to help, including imitation bows, arrows, and swords.
Harbes Farms "PumpkinLand" Maze — Jamesport
The King of PumpkinLand has lost his crown and you must help him find all the pieces. Families navigate through this five-acre maze while solving riddles and winning a fun-filled climactic sword fight.
Lewin Farms — Wading River
The corn maze at Lewin Farms is redesigned each year. Open on weekends and holidays in the fall, this five-acre maze is challenging and fun for most age groups. Markers along the way let you know if you’re going in the right direction. Completion time is about 30 minutes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pick your own apples, pumpkins, tomatoes, and peppers while you are there!
May’s Farm — Wading River
Pumpkin picking season at May’s includes tractor-drawn hayrides out to the fields. May’s Amazing Corn Maze is another fall favorite; on the weekend kids can spot Elmo at the farm, go on a pony ride, or get their faces painted. Enjoy cold apple cider and a hot, buttered ear of corn when you are ready for a break.
Stakey's Corn Maze — Aquebogue
Challenge yourself with Stakey's trivia guided corn maze. Answer the questions correctly and you are guided in the right direction. Answer incorrectly, and you find yourself walking in circles. But don't worry, getting lost is part of the fun. Relax after trekking through the corn maze with a hayride around the pumpkin patch. Kids will also enjoy the Scooby Doo bounce house and face painting. Visitors pay per attraction.
Photos courtesy of the farms
A version of this post was originally published in 2012. It is updated annually.